Bear sightings on the rise in western Massachusetts

One resident noticed a bear on the grounds of the Feeding Hills housing for the elderly

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FEEDING HILLS, Mass. (WWLP) – There have been further reports of bear sightings in several western Massachusetts communities.

At least one resident noticed a bear on the grounds of the Feeding Hills housing for the elderly Thursday afternoon.

Since noticing the bear, Joyce Demers is afraid for the safety of her small dog. The tension seemed to subside a bit on Friday, but residents are still cautious.

Joyce Demers of Feeding Hills told 22News, “We all were kind of afraid but when we talked it over, we said well we just have to protect ourselves and our families, make sure we look before we go out.”

In addition to Feeding Hills, residents have also reported bear sightings in Westfield and in Chicopee.

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